Abhisit, Suthep murder case rejected

2014-08-30

 

    The Criminal Court on Thursday dismissed a case filed by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) against former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his former deputy Suthep Thaugsuban accusing them of premeditated and attempted murder for ordering the military crackdown on red-shirt protesters in 2010.

 

    Both Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep denied the charges and submitted a petition to the court arguing that the DSI did not have the power to handle the investigation against them.
 


    The Criminal Court on 28th said it was true that the two men had declared the state of emergency and ordered soldiers to crackdown on the protesters, and allowed them to use weapons and live ammunition.



    But Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep issued the order while performing the duties of the prime minister and deputy prime minister respectively.



    The Criminal Court, therefore, ruled that the case against the two men comes under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions and that it has no authority to handle the case.



    Since a petition has also been filed against Mr Abhisit and Mr Suthep with the National Anti-Corruption Commission, which is responsible for handling criminal cases against politicians, the court also ruled that if the NACC finds the petition against them has sufficient grounds, the graft agency is duty-bound to forward the case to the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Posts for further consideration.

 

    By Ou Siyang, MGTV reporter
 

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